Mela describe their restaurant experience as the art of fine dining, and we do not hesitate to agree, especially if you, like us, agree that fine Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine matched by professional service in an environment that exudes restrained elegance qualifies as fine dining. Mela’s Harborne High Street premises are fully-licensed as well, with a great range of fine wine and premium beer available, all paired again with some of Birmingham’s finest Indian cuisine.
Mela offers a monthly special that ensures fans of this Harborne High Street Indian restaurant keep coming back for more, and are kept pleasantly surprised when they do. Take, for example, a four course meal for rock bottom prices – a special mixed platter starter, your choice of main course (except seafood), rice or naan, and a coffee or tea to finish. That said, eating in any day of the week is a pleasure, with Mela offering Birmingham’s picky curry lovers a great a la carte and takeaway menu, brimming with signature Indian and Bangladeshi specialties.
Mela’s chefs know a thing or three about the regional specifics of Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine, and something again about how to use only the freshest ingredients to create beautifully presented dishes. Traditional cooking methods are consistently used in this Harborne High Street kitchen, and the service staff are more than capable of advising diners on the options available. A highlight of the menu is Mela’s tawa, which alone should bring Birmingham’s curious connoisseurs down to this special restaurant. This signature dish takes chicken, lamb, king prawns or vegetables, cooking them with fresh garlic, shallots, mixed bell peppers and a secret tawa sauce. It’s a semi-dry dish bursting with flavour and served sizzling on a tawa dish. Recommended by Mela’s chef, it comes doubly recommended by us.
First class service and lovely food. We couldn’t fault the restaurant and the meal was at a very good price. We highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for a good Indian meal in the Harborne area.
A pleasant welcome with prompt service. The menu choice was good but not overwhelming with a nice mixture of the old standards and less common dishes. Reasonably priced.
Mela is a fantastic restaurant in Harborne we have been a few times now staff are always. very friendly and welcoming food is always piping hot and tastes amazing
This was our first time at Mela and it won't be our last. Service was excellent as well as the food which was nice & hot (Not spicy hot) prices were quite reasonable too. We were told they also did a take out service so we took one of their menus for future use. Spotless bathroom facilities. The only downside I would mention is there is a flight of stairs to get to restaurant I couldn't see disabled access for anyone who needs it. Overall we'll definitely go back.
Amazing food. We never fail to have a great meal at Mela. Staff are very friendly and offer an excellent service. Will certainly be returning to Mela for a meal.
We had to wait 1/2 an hour for a table, no drinks offered while we waited. Table was nicely presented and drinks served at the table. Staters were good, but the time taken to serve the main courses took to long meaning the first out was cold by the time the last came out. This somewhat tainted the evening as we were entertaining friends & had billed Mela as a premium curry house. Would think twice about going again
We first visited Mela in November last year. Lovely food and excellent service. Mela is the only place we go now when we want a curry in a restaurant. Highly recommend.
Early evening meal with our daughter who's just started at Birmingham Uni. Thought she might need a good meal!! She didn't get a good meal - she got an excellent meal. Menu was a bit different. I had the lamb from their speciality page - beautiful. Really tender meat and full of flavour. Could easily miss restaurant as single doorway with restaurant upstairs. Don't let entrance put you off as dining area very upmarket. Totally recommend.
Starters were amazing (sea bass and Hariali chicken), main courses (2 different chicken dishes from the specials menu, but they tasted very similar) were fine, but nothing special and did not live up the promise of the starters. Great service , very reasonably priced menu and only £1 corkage. If you don't want to take your own wine, they're own alcoholic drinks menu is extremely reasonably priced. Will definitely go back
Always great food, whether take out or dine in at Mela. Will continue to order from here whenever I have a take out, and will definitely be visiting again